September 20th, 2009
4 weeks out from the competition!
I’m into my final weeks of preparation for my upcoming bodybuilding competition so I’m beginning to spend a lot of time posing. When you practice your posing, it’s like doing another training session; it’s physically exhausting. After each training session I’m trying to spend about 20 minutes going through the mandatory/compulsory poses. I’ve been doing this by myself which has been difficult.
What I’ve learned over time is many people say they’re a bodybuilder but when it comes down to the fine details of what makes a bodybuilder a bodybuilder, they’re clueless. A prime example of this is posing. I’ve found very few people who can pose properly. Every person has their own spin on it and each one conflicts with what someone else says. When you try to point something out about they’re posing they get defensive and say, “This is the way it’s supposed to be done.”
People tend to overlook the posing aspect of bodybuilding, which is very shocking to me because posing is the culmination of all the hard work in the gym and in the kitchen. All the months of lifting heavy, eating an abundance of calories, then the dieting, repeated cardio sessions, tanning, shaving, etc… Some folks go on stage and have a great looking physique and mess everything up because they don’t know how to pose. What ends up happening is someone walks away with a bad taste in their mouth and talks about how the judges are messed up. Granted, sometimes there is controversy in competition and politics can come into play, but at the amateur levels many people miss the boat on how important posing is. The bottomline is, you have to be able to effectively display what you have and capitalize on your strengths.
My current dilemma: I’m at a disadvantage right now because I’m currently living in New Orleans , LA and my team (Team Body Tech) and Coach (Tim Gardner) is in Tampa, FL. What we’ve come to rely on over the past few months are photos, emails, phone conversations and text messages. In a perfect world, I’d be there where they are, training together, attending the team meetings, posing together, allowing my coach to have eyes on me all the time so fine tune adjustsments can be made. Well, this isn’t the perfect world and I’m not able to do that right now so I have to be clear in my mind what I’m supposed to be doing because there are so many outside influences.
What I’ve been doing over time is listening to what people say, carefully observing their posing, making critiques in my head of what I shouldn’t be doing. In a sense, I’m watching others to observe their flaws to make sure I’m aware of how bad it looks so I don’t make those same mistakes. That seems kind of bad but it’s what helps me put everything into perspective. When my coach tells me not to do something and I see others do it, it becomes very clear to me. I’m a very observant person and when it comes to bodybuilding, I’m locked on like a laser beam because this is my passion and I want to be the best at it.
Since my show is nearing I’m in the process of putting my music together. I’ve never done this before so I’m watching videos and listening to various soundtracks to determine what will best suit me. This is my first show and I plan to keep it simple. I’ll be going into this show with confidence and an extremely shredded physique so I want to use that to my advantage. I don’t want to make everything more difficult than it has to be with trying to put a dancing routine together with my music – too much at this stage. That will come with time, and I’m definitely looking forward to it.
To all the amateurs out there, don’t let the outside influences overwhelm you. Get a clear picture of what you’re trying to do and stick with it. If you don’t have a coach, do your research and homework. Communicate with other people and watch them for weaknesses and flaws. This will help give you a mental picture of what not to do because you’ll remember firsthand how bad it looks.
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